It's a Linux related tech blog that gets about 200 organic hits (Google mostly) a day. Monetization has never been a priority, but I'm surprised how it couldn't make even a single sale over the years.
I've been in affiliate networks such as LinkShare. ShareASale, Amazon etc. And tried promoting offers from merchants like TreeHouse, CodeSchool which I think are decent match for my audience.
Things I tried, just to name a few:
- CPM ads from Qadabra which did make some bucks. But I did quit as I said before monetization was in my to-do list at the time. BTW Qadabra seems dead now.
- Selling tech books from Amazon, targeted by post. People seems not interested in books, at all.
- Offers like CodeSchool do gets clicks, but it seems there's hardly any chance of someone buying them.
- Unix stickers
- Direct advertisement is not a choice since I have fairly low traffic.
- Adsense no no..
I'd be happy if it could at least cover up the domain subscription costs in a year.
If anyone got insights on monetizing my site, I'm happy to let you try out things on my site for free. BTW I hardly have enough time to test out new things myself these days.